Saturday, October 07, 2006

Strong Athletes Zero Injuries (Mike Boyle article courtesy of

Check out the link above for a recent article Mike Boyle did with T-Nation. The following is a link to the forum on Mike's web site discussing this article:


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"Will They Eat It"

Professor JAMES E. TILLOTSON of Tufts University does a great job here discussing Mayor Menino's push for restaurants to offer healthier options.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

NBA workout

Check out Chicago Bulls superstar Ben Gordon and his summer conditioning routine: (this is photo "next" for subsequent pictures); also...check out the video @

I remember there was a big thing about Kwame Brown a couple off-seasons ago doing Yoga so maybe the Pilates will pay off for Ben the way yoga did for Kwame.

Great links to check out (I love BOSU Ball training, but this stuff is nuts!) (Don't mess with this girl!) (Strength & Conditioning towards banner #17) (06-07 Celtics take it outdoors for a 5-mile ride!)
(Sample Dynamic Warm-up- good beats in the background)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


I'll soon be posting a section on papers/articles I've written for the site. I welcome your feedback.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

A Training & Coaching Allegory

I came across this at a recent seminar and wanted to pass it on. Funny stuff- enjoy...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the beer.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and began to fill it with golf balls (your big rocks, what you fundamentally believe). He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the importnat things- your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter- like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else- the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Back up and running

After conducting several rounds of online interviews, I've hired a new web developer to assist in the maintenance of PC I'm very pleased with how things turned out. I hope you enjoy the site and find it both informative and easy to navigate. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Site update

My web site is currently undergoing some updates. Please bear with me as it will be relaunched very shortly. Thank you!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Why PC Conditioning?

Throughout the course of life, we are all faced with myriad choices when it comes to purchasing goods and services. Whether it is your first vehicle, home, or even your first personal trainer, the purchase must possess ample value- “bang for your buck” as I often call it. The latter of the three purchase examples should be taken quite seriously. The personal trainer you select should motivate you with positive reinforcement and possess the ability to answer all of your questions. Even more important, that trainer should be someone you like. Who wants to spend their hard-earned money working with someone they simply don’t enjoy being around or even worse makes them feel uncomfortable or intimated?
Unbeknownst to most individuals seeking the professional services of a personal trainer, hundreds of certifications exist in the fitness industry. With respect to reputation, the organizations looked upon with great prestige include the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and American Council on Exercise (ACE). Certification is the first thing to look for. A personal trainer should be certified by a nationally recognized certifying organization, because that's your assurance you're working with a trainer who has the knowledge to provide you with a safe and effective workout. PC Conditioning founder and President Paul J. Connolly is currently certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the world’s leading authority on strength and conditioning. Furthermore, Paul’s certification (NSCA-CPT) was one of the first nationally accredited certification programs in the fitness industry. Awarded only after passing a rigorous and challenging exam administered by an independent exam service, the credentials are widely respected and internationally recognized.
One’s pursuit of a formal education in Exercise Science and related fields is often what separates a personal trainer apart from others in the fitness industry. A personal trainer with a background in the vital sciences of Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, and Biomechanics understands to a greater degree the optimum functioning of the human body typically more than the next personal trainer one may encounter. A sound understanding of these sciences plays an integral role in planning a client’s exercise prescription. Similar to PC Conditioning’s founder Paul Connolly’s highly respectable certification, he has also completed all the vital coursework previously mentioned, in addition to seminars on program design, strength and conditioning, nutritional applications, health science, special populations (i.e. seniors, children, and pregnant clients), and functional training.
It remains quite evident that PC Conditioning founder Paul Connolly has taken the vital steps to set him apart from other personal trainers in the industry. With many personal trainers holding questionable certifications and a lack of formal education in the Exercise Science field, there seems to be no smarter decision than to choose PC Conditioning for your personal training needs. Whether it be Paul’s ability to consistently motivate his clients with challenging exercise regimens or increase their knowledge of health and wellness through constant communication and improved daily functioning, his passion for enhancing the quality of his clients’ lives remains undeniable.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

I'm back

Hi all...sorry it's taken so long for me to post an entry. I promise to be more diligent about posting more frequently, particularly from now until the fall when I'll be returning to classes. I'm just going to stick to random thoughts on this post so bear with me...
  • Thanks to everyone who continue to work so hard for me. You all know I try to make our sessions as enjoyable as possible. Keep pushing and good things will come. I know I'm very demanding but trust that it's all worth it in the long run.
  • Congrats Stef on your wedding! I'm blessed to have clients like you that give everything they have every second. I'm anxious to see all the pics from your big day when you get back. Like you said, it's so rewarding to have worked so hard and be in the best shape of your life for your wedding. Glad I could help. I'm so proud of you and more importantly happy for you.
  • Check out for great 5K race info. Join me May21st for a great cause!
  • Check back to my site for updates (

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Do you want to be more physically fit but do not know where to begin?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to consistently receive professional guidance while having a certified personal trainer push you to achieve your goals? If currently exercising regularly, are you certain your form, technique and methods of training are accurate? Is there a special event in the future, whether near or distant, that you are preparing to look your best for (i.e. vacation, wedding, reunion, etc…)? If these questions sound familiar, please consider the services of PC Conditioning.

So what exactly is personal training anyway?
Serious athletes have long used personal trainers to increase their performance in competition. People of all ages, body types, and level of fitness can benefit from the services of a personal fitness trainer. The body is a complex machine that requires exercise and fuel to obtain optimum results. A personal fitness trainer helps you achieve these results by addressing your individual needs and requirements to immediately formulate a plan of action personally suited just for you. Working with a personal fitness trainer, anyone can achieve their fitness goals - goals as modest as touching your toes again or as ambitious as preparing to run a marathon. Whether you want to lose weight, regain flexibility, develop speed or simply feel good again, personal training is an activity that will continue to reap benefits for years to come.

Yours in Health,
Paul J. Connolly, B.A., NSCA-CPT
Founder and President, PC Conditioning
National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer
Adult CPR & AED Certified